ALL ELITE WRESTLING RAMPAGE: September 16 report


Posted on 9/17/122 by Colin Vassallo



Arena: MVP Arena
City: Albany, NY

Last Week’s Rating: 429,000 overall; 0.14 in 18-49 demo

It’s Saturday morning, and you know what that means… it’s
time for our Rampage Review!

Matt Hardy vs Darby Allin

Backstory: Hardy challenged Darby on Weds

JR welcomed us, along with Schiavone, Excalibur & Jericho.

This feels like a match we’ve seen a million times already.
Don’t know that it is, but it feels like it.

Wrestling was the order of the day as this got going:
lockup, both looking for the advantage, both working the
arm, Matt yelling ‘delete!’ for each arm-wringer. After
flipping out, Darby was run-through by Hardy, responding
with a crucifix pin for two but caught with a shot to the
face going for a dive through the ropes.

Turning the tables, Allin flung Matt into the steps at
ringside, heading to the top with Hardy sprawled on the
apron, but missed the senton. Be feeling that when he’s
sixty. Along with being drilled back-first into the ring
post.

Zeroing in on the back, Hardy landed shots to the lower
spine, Allin rebounding, repeatedly flinging his body into
Matt in the corner until being snatched into the Side
Effect, Hardy beckoning to a crowd that sounded a little
tired but were up for a ‘delete’ or two. Fighting back,
Darby countered the Twist of Fate into a backslide, then
slipped out of a suplex into a Scorpion Death Drop as the
ref began his count with both guys down.

JR was doing an excellent job putting over the pair,
sounding genuine as he did.

Crucifix Bomb from way up after Matt caught Darby atop the
buckle. Hardy to the top, missing with a moonsault, Code
Red from Allin then the Fuller Leglock for the victory.

Matt took an awful lot of this match. Unlike Jungle Boy the
other day, Allin had no injury coming in.

Good opener though.

Afterwards, the lights went out, Brody King was out along
with Julia, laying Hardy out then challenging Darby & Sting
to a no-DQ tag match next week. Can’t say this feud feels
evergreen, but it’s a pre-built match to add to next week’s
card.

WINNER: Darby Allin

Eddie Kingston promo package, challenging Sammy Guevara for
next Friday – ‘gonna beat the piss outta you in Queens’.
Kingston’s beard has grown a bit.

Claudio & Yuta in-ring interview: after next week, the BCC
are guaranteed two world champs. Not so fast. Claiming
dibs on his eighth world title reign, the only company’s
title he’s never held, Jericho challenged Castagnoli, also
for Grand Slam.

Except these guys took about ten minutes to say that.

Jade interview along with Kiera & Leila. The usual – no
challengers left etc. ‘The red hot’ Diamante interrupted to
make the challenge, claiming she was bringing a mystery
Miami woman – ‘the baddest bitch’ – with her for the match
next week. Jade’s also got rid of Stokely.

Penelope Ford vs Willow Nightingale

Backstory: None

A test of strength didn’t go well for Ford, Willow snatching
a side-headlock, making Penelope wave to the crowd while in
the hold. Two quick roll-ups brought two-counts for
Nightingale, a heavy chop and bodyslam leading to a diving
splash/cross-body for another two.

After she missed with a Pounce, Ford took advantage,
planting Willow on the apron, springboarding out of the
corner, dropping knees-first as the ads arrived.

Not that it’d helped much as we returned, Penelope in
trouble, Nightingale burying her with a spinebuster for yet
another two. Willow went for a clothesline but Penelope
Matrix’d/bridged out, snapping back up into a cutter for two
of her own as Jericho proclaimed her Sports Entertainer OTW.

Missing off the top, Willow blasted Penelope with a Pounce,
right into the ropes, could’ve gone badly. Backslide for
Nightingale’s 90th two-count, pumpkick in response from
Ford, who then applied the Indian Deathlock for the tap.

Decent action but as with Hardy/Allin, it felt like they
were trying to get both over at the same time: one
dominating the match but the other winning.

WINNER: Penelope Ford

Hangman w DO & Lexi. Grand Slam Golden Ticket match next
week, winner gets a world title shot in the future. Didn’t
we just have a bloody ladder match for that?

Page apologized for what happened at the PPV. The DO
accepted, they’re all in that match. Silver said he’s gonna
feel like he’s in a chocolate factory after winning. Jose
interrupted, again talking up Ten. Rush promised to beat
them all, particularly Page.

Ethan Page vs Danhausen

Backstory: Page challenged DH, starting his quest for All-
Atlantic Title

Quite why defeating someone who tends to lose in 30 seconds
springboards one toward title contention, I’m not sure.
Excalibur tried to explain the stupid storyline involving
the Firm.

Danhausen as usual got a nice response from the crowd.

Wicked boot to the face from Page as JR and Jericho talked
him up on comms. After mimicking the Curse, ‘Hausen slapped
him, Page responded with the Ego’s Edge.

WINNER: Ethan Page

Starks promo, explaining that Hobbs throwing QT etc at him
‘threw him off but now he has his full attention’. ‘Think
about all the people you love’. Promised to see him ‘face
to face’ in NY. Very good promo.

Samoa Joe vs Josh Woods, ROH TV Title

Backstory: Interrupted Joe, demanded match, sky is blue

I don’t care about ROH, or its titles, or Josh Woods. I’m
absolutely sick of having to sit through Ring of Honor stuff
on Rampage. It’s been six bloody months.

Apparently, the crowd agreed, staying glued to their seats
until Joe’s music hit. Ian Riccaboni joined on comms; Bobby
Cruise ring-announced.

Starting slowly, this one finally crackled to life after a
slap from Woods woke the beast, leading to a slugfest in the
middle, jabs from Joe, Woods blocking the headbutt, twisting
Joe’s arm as he fell through the ropes, whereafter Nese
dropped the arm across the ropes on the other side.

Break time.

Greeted by a triangle hold as we returned, the attack on
Joe’s arm continuing, allowing Woods to fight out of a Joe
sleeper, dropping Joe arm-first for two slaps of the mat. A
Manhattan Drop, boot to the face, senton combo saw Joe fight
back, the crowd only alive when he did. Snap-powerslam out
of the corner, kickout after 2 by Woods.

The commentators again did a great job talking up Joe.

After a distraction, Joe was blasted with a kick to the
face, a sloppy-looking knee to the face/GTS-like move for
another two (is that a sign?), Woods on top, attacking Joe
as he sagged in the corner but being blasted with an STO
before being hoisted up top. MUSCLLLLLLE BUSTER! Uno, dos,
tres.

Continuing the theme: one guy dominated, the other won. You
can’t get everyone over at once.

Post-scuffle, Sterling and Nese joined Woods in attacking
Joe, until that handsome bastard Wardlow continued his
heated feud with Sterling. The two big guys eyed each other
before clinking belts. Yet another contest added to next
week’s Rampage – a tag – as they shook hands, ending the
show.

WINNER: Samoa Joe

Next Dynamite:

Jon Moxley vs Bryan Danielson, AEW World Title
Swerve in our Glory vs Acclaimed, AEW Tag Titles
Storm vs Athena vs Baker vs Deeb, AEW Women’s Title
Pac vs Orange Cassidy, AEW All-Atlantic Title
Chris Jericho vs Claudio Castagnoli, ROH World Title

Next Rampage (2hrs):

Hook & Action Bronson vs 2.0
Sammy Guevara vs Eddie Kingston
Jade Cargill vs Diamante, TBS Title
Hobbs vs Starks
Rey Fenix vs Jungle Boy
Darby & Sting vs HOB, no-DQ
Golden Ticket Battle Royal for future AEW Title shot (Penta,
Archer, Lethal in addition to the guys mentioned during the
show)

Overall impressions

Boy I really haven’t missed this show. Perhaps not watching
is part of why I’ve enjoyed Dynamite so much the past two
weeks? Anyway, nothing happened, you don’t need to watch it
but they have done a good job building and filling next
week’s double card. Which is loaded. Though this does
illustrate just how much great talent they have. Perhaps we
could see more of it on Fridays in competitive matches?

Thanks for reading. Have a great weekend!

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